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Fury as mattress and rubbish are fly-tipped at Purbrook Heath

The junk fly-tipped at Purbrook Heath

The junk fly-tipped at Purbrook Heath

IT’S an act of vandalism on the environment.

A mattress, bed stand, wash basin and other plastics have been dumped by the roadside at Purbrook Heath.

Nearby around a dozen bin bags sit festering in a hedgerow that provides a haven for birds, insects and small mammals.

This atrocious display of fly-tipping was found by News reader Jackie Forrest, who goes up to the beauty spot to enjoy the views.

Unfortunately, too many times the landscape is spoiled by the sight of fly-tipping.

Mrs Forrest, of Springwood Avenue, Waterlooville, said: ‘Will it ever end?

‘More flytipping around the Purbrook Heath area – it is the worst I have seen.

‘Many black bags of rubbish plus the bed and other bits and pieces.’

Most of Purbrook Heath lies in Winchester district and the council has vowed to get tough on fly-tipping.

There is a dedicated neighbourhood warden whose job is to tackle the issue.

But it is sometimes difficult to prosecute as culprits cover their tracks well and commit the crime under the cover of darkness.

Purbrook Councillor Gwen Blackett, who sits on Havant Borough Council, was disgusted by the mess left.

She said: ‘It’s outrageous.

‘I’m sure if it’s in our patch we will clear it up. The solution to the problem is educating the people that behave in this disgusting manner.

‘It’s beyond my comprehension – I don’t understand people behaving in this slovenly manner.’

Earlier this year The News launched a campaign to crack down on fly-tipping and is urging people to report incidents, with pictures and as much information as possible, to the authorities.

In Havant borough, a total of 1,173 incidents were reported in 2012/2013 – up a quarter from 930 incidents the previous year.

The penalty for fly-tipping could be an unlimited fine or jail. Earlier this a builder from Paulsgrove had to pay out almost £2,000 after bags of rubble were dumped at Southwick.

To report fly-tipping on Purbrook Heath, go to winchester.gov.uk/report or call 0300 300 0013. Incidents can be reported to Havant council at havant.gov.uk/report-it.

 

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